16 January 2013

President Obama: 23 Executive Orders vis-a-vis GUN CONTROL

The President had a signing ceremony in the White House today for the Executive Orders he has signed concerning Gun Control in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT.

VIDEO, in 2 parts:

Here are the 23 executive actions (orders), which were all recommendations of the Biden Task-Force on Gun Control:

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

11. Nominate an ATF director.

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

The story is being covered all over the place:

Now, alot of these things are lower-grade things that are essentially non-controversial, although I can see the Right screaming like banshees over something like no. 19 - surely they are going to claim that Obama is intending invade their houses of worship or some such utter bullshit.

But the bigger stuff is the stuff that requires our unbelievably disfunctional Congress, especially the totally disfunctional GOP lead House of Representatives - to act, including:

-a renewal of the Clinton ban on assault weapons.

-limiting cartridges to 10 rounds.

The story is being covered all over the place:

Daily KOS
Washington Post
Huffington Post
Real Clear Politics
Talking Points Memo
Fox News
Washington Examiner
World Net Daily (Birther Central)
Michelle Malkin


ARD - Tagesschau (German)
ZDF- Heute (German)
Die Welt (German)
Le Monde (French)

Here are some of the letters that children sent to the President in the wake of Sandy Hook:

Of course, the NRA doesn't like this one bit, and out of respect for the 20 children murdered in cold blood at Sandy Hook, the NRA put out an ad going after Obama's CHILDREN (no shit, they really went there..):

Already, the NRA, which is becoming more and more irrelevant from day to day, is taking a hit from all sides on this one, and deservedly so. Bastards.

Here are screenshots of the media coverage of todays gun-control EO signing (from the links above, in random order):

And some international press:

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